1779 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1779 tasting notes

I’m drinking this to counter the matcha from Lupicia that I didn’t enjoy. I knew LB wouldn’t disappoint!

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So I appreciate the chance to try matcha from a different company, but this just isn’t doing it for me. Red Leaf makes me happier. It’s ok Lupicia, you make great blends. Don’t worry about the matcha.

And thanks VariaTEA for letting me try this out!


I really didn’t enjoy Lupicia’s flavored matchas either. Kind of a bummer that they flop so hard on this when they do other flavored teas so well!


It’s strange, eh? At least they rock at everything else!

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drank Happy Banana by RiverTea
1779 tasting notes

(Sipdown 183)
I decided to cold-steep this and it used up most of my tea so I thought why not brew up the last of it hot now, and drink it while I take a sample of my cold-brewed tea and then compare them! BAM! This is happening.

And after sipping both, I like it better hot. It’s basically liquid banana bread when you drink it hot, golden and sweet and very buttery… Cold? It’s a little bit odd. It’s still banana bread, with butter, but… it’s just not as good cold. Too bad – I would have been better served drinking it hot, especially since it’s such a heavy tea!

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Woo. I still have a few cups of this left! Not bad considering I’ve shared my NightVale teas with others.

Anyway, I’ve disovered that I like the thai chai blend because it’s nice and creamy, and because of that, I enjoy this blend. Would I want 3 oz of this? IDK. I think there was another Thai Chai blend I liked more…

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Sipdown (184)

I bought this during the last sale because it was really cheap and I was curious, so why not pop one in? Who’s afraid of Pu-erh? Not me!

I wonder if I was supposed to rinse this first? Oh well.

This is nice though. It’s really earthy, but warming and comforting. It’s not as fancy/special as my beloved Special Dark, but this is still a nice go-to puerh. I like the tuocha cups too – they seem like they’d be easy to take to work.

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

I like the name of this one.

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I drank this earlier but can’t quite recall everything about it, except that it was maltier than other blacks and had a few raisin notes as well. It was good, but not my favourite of the Taiwan Tea Craft teas. I’ve got several cups left to play with though!

(I was tempted to order the Hong Yun from Butiki but couldn’t justify it, so that was why I chose this cup today. I imagine they would be very similiar, at least to my semi-unrefined palette!)

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Sil talked me into splitting this and I’m happy I did. With a name like Steamed Purple Green, I thought it would taste a lot like spinach, and less like ‘tea’ but it’s actually balanced right in between. It’s fresh, green, and buttery but not in your face with the vegetal/spinach flavours. Interesting! I’m not a huge fan of green teas (I have 1 oz of Laoshan Green that I’ve had maybe 2 cups of in 8 months? :O) but I do like this!

Thanks for twisting my rubber arm! :)

ETA: Hey – when you guys track tea in your spreadsheets, and you have tea you bought at two separate dates, do you count that as 1 tea, or 2? I want to keep them separate because I want to accurately track my old teas, BUT I don’t want to stuff my cupboard full of ‘extra’ teas. :D

ETA-again: I decided to count each duplicate tea as a fraction (.5, .5) instead of doubling my count. So I’m actually at 185. I’ll take it! And if it’s a fraction, I’ll remember to double-check for the other one when I remove one!


I number the one ‘in use’ and leave the other one blank. :D That way it’s only “one” tea, but I have 2 dates.

Cameron B.

So what kind of spreadsheets do you use for this? I’m intrigued.


my cupboard counts it as 1 tea… my spreadsheet has the oldest date and then in brackets for the tea name i put the second date so that when i finish it, i just put in the next date lol


I haven’t graduated to spreadsheets yet. lol


Just Excel. I have columns for type of tea, company, name of tea, who gave it to me, who I’m giving it to, date purchased, original purchase size, estimated remaining size, my rating, a quick Y/N/M if I’d rebuy it or not, a Y/N column for cold-steeping and then notes. After I drink it I move it to another page for reference. It works for me – it’s much quicker to filter/search in Excel then it is on Steepster. :P

And thanks guys. So I am at 185! :D


Go Cavo Go! I’m still at 250, and I still have the tea box, and there’s incoming as well. :) Oops?


I got into the excel sheets a few months back and think it’s great for organizing. For those that don’t have excel and can’t afford it LibreOffice is a free program with Calc being like Excel. I’ve worked on it before and it’s great. You can open Excel files with it.


Ubacat, I just use google docs. That way I can access it anywhere! Well, mostly when I’m out buying tea and want to make sure I’m not getting anything I don’t already have, or have tried and didn’t like. Which can be a problem.


Yeah I did Google docs for a bit bc it was just so convenient on my android phone! Now that I’m back on a windows phone, I’m back with Excel. :P

And good luck with the tea box OMGrsly!


Sadly I haven’t been drinking much tea at all. Too blah, which is unfortunate. Maybe I’ll go make a cup and cut out another t-shirt. :)


Yay! At least it’s just tea you’re blah about. You’ll come back to us!

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I had this earlier today but couldn’t log it because of steepster issues. I don’t remember it much now – just that it was nice and then it cooled and was awfully bitter. Damn. But I’ve had a few great Yezi teas, so I’ll just focus there.

Thanks Sil (189)

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Woo! (191)
So I’m drinking an herbal, but I guess I could have had a black tea instead bc I’m off tomorrow. :P I found out after I made this cup!

It’s tasty though. I appreciate variaTEA sharing it with me! :D


a serentity TEA!!!!! =0D so awesome!


I want to be off todaaaay!


James – I was actually surprised with whoever did these Firefly teas – most of them taste better then your typical Adagio mucky blends. :P

And Sil – I wish you could too. Of course the downside is that I don’t have any benefits so I never get paid for any time off. I was sortah oping to work so I could justify a Butiki order… :P

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Sipdown! (192)
This was really amazing, and then really bitter as it cooled. Why? Why would you do this to me tea! Perhaps I need to play with it more.



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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a little girl and a devoted bf, two cats, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, fandom!, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

I keep trying to learn languages on Duolingo and failing. I’m currently failing Esperanto. :P

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


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